The 2017 Automate and ProMat trade shows were an opportunity to check out the latest mobile robots, industrial automation, and materials-handling systems. This semi-annual event is one of the best in North America, and it was literally a who’s who of the automation market. With more than 1,200 vendors exhibiting across both shows, it was difficult to see everything.
Let’s review the most significant new product announcements and demonstrations in Chicago this month. Three technology areas were particularly interesting this year. First, a large number of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were on display.
Second, many collaborative robots, or cobots, were noteworthy. Finally, there were several new things to see in related technologies such as robotic arms and grippers.
More mobile robots at Automate 2017
Mobile robots were hot again this year, with several new entrants into the market. The market leaders were in attendance, including Aethon, Fetch Robotics, Omron Adept Technologies, and Otto Motors.
Challenging the market leaders were several new products announced this year:
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